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The Ketchup Effect Review

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When 13 year old Sophie gets drunk and passes out at a party, some of her peers abuse her, taking photos of the event. When these are circulated, her friends ostracise her, and she must fight for respect.

★★★★★

With the world’s most intelligent kid-flicks currently emerging from Northern Europe (Lepel, The Fearless Triplets, The Colour Of Milk), it’s no surprise that the agonies of adolescence should be explored with such candour by debut Swedish director Teresa Fabik in this lively rites-of-passage picture.

It’s almost impossible to watch as intoxicated 12 year-old Amanda Renberg is unknowingly abused by her male classmates after she passes out at a party, but Fabik also condemns the cruel realities of school society that prompt Renberg’s friends to disown her when photos of her humiliation begin circulating. The juvenile performances are disappointingly inconsistent, but Fabik raises difficult issues without resorting to melodrama.

A revealing teenpic that will horrify trusting parents, this patchily acted drama raises the issue of adolescent experimentation with sex and booze without moralising or sensationalism.